In our continuing series, this month we move on to the letter B!
We start with our mail bag with our 5 envelopes. This month they held a banana, balloon, bat (in underwear), bike, and the letter B. I love doing this activity and so do the kids. Everyone wants to know what is in the mail bag.
Then we sang (with me on ukulele) Our Librarian has a Book, (to the tune of Old MacDonald).
Our Librarian has a book, E-I-E-I-O
And in that book there were some Bs, E-I-E-I-O.
With a B(uh) B(uh) here.....you get the idea.
Early literacy tip alert: The letter B sound is a puff of air (like P) and you can't and shouldn't drag it out (like mmmmmmm). So when teaching the letter sound, don't be a sheep....its not baaaaaa or buuuuuuh. Make it short and sweet!
We prefaced each book with the question, "Now WHY would Miss Sue be reading THIS book today?" They quickly would respond something like "Because BANANA starts with B!" YES!
Check out my felt set! Squee! This is for a quick limerick by Edward Lear:
There was an old man with a beard
Who said, "This is just as I feared!
Two owls, a hen, four larks, and a wren
Have all made their nest in my beard!"
I start with my Old Man:
After halftime, we settled back with a rhyme. I have an old school felt set for Little Boy Blue, so we looked at that, and recited it together:
Little Boy Blue come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.
But where is the little boy who tends to the sheep?
He's under the haystack, fast asleep.
I like using Mother Goose rhymes in story time because they are familiar, rhythmical, and rhyming. The kids also feel special that they already know some of the materials I am using. Technically for B week, I could use Baa Baa Black Sheep too - but I chose Little Boy Blue.
And my craft: This was taken from another blogger Miss Maren's Monkeys (includes a template!)
I didn't add bee stripes because I wanted to leave room for the kids to add any decoration to the bee that they wanted. Some copied me, some made stripes, and some went bananas with a purple crayon. It's all good!!